Thomas Tuchel has managed to put the final touches on just about the worst — THE WORST — season in QSI’s ownership of Paris Saint-Germain, by overseeing a French Cup final loss to Stade Rennais last weekend, complete with a sending-off for Kylian Mbappé and a mini-Cantona from Neymar Jr on a fan, and then following that up with a midweek loss to Montpellier — although the league title had been sewn up practically on day one.
All that of course comes on the heels of PSG’s ignominious exit from the Champions League in the Round of 16 at the ... hands ... of Manchester United, as well as their quarterfinal loss in the French League Cup to whatever a Guingamp may be.
It may be unreasonable to expect PSG to win every game, but nothing about their existence is reasonable at the moment — and other than the Champions League, they’ve actually done exactly that since 2014. The man who could thus take the fall less than twelve months after arriving is the former Borussia Dortmund head coach, who recently tried to dismiss speculation about his future, but then added that he isn’t “naive”.
Tuchel: "I do not think that I am in danger. Even if this is PSG, we must be careful -- Juventus have not won the Champions League for years. I do not think that my position is at risk. I do not know, but I am not naive." #MHSCPSG— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) April 29, 2019
Into that speculation wades “Paris United”, still trading on their correct call on Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to PSG two years ago. They claim that the two teams rooting for Tuchel’s naïveté are Bayern Munich and Chelsea, both of whom were linked with the 45-year-old last summer already. Bayern went for Niko Kovac and Chelsea went for Maurizio Sarri, and while both may yet achieve the minimum season requirements, title and top four, respectively, neither one’s too assured of their future.
One of the reasons Tuchel’s name was dismissed last summer (and the summer before, too, even) was his similarity to Antonio Conte in many ways, including his intense approach, sound tactical ideas, semi-willingness to play players on merit, and tendency to butt heads with the higher-ups. Chelsea do however have a habit of making extreme overcorrections when it comes to managerial appointments, swinging wildly from style-to-style, approach-to-approach, so in that sense, Tuchel would be par for the course, should this speculation amount to anything more than just that.